Synonyms for alternate

Synonyms for (noun) alternate

Synonyms: surrogate, alternate, replacement

Definition: someone who takes the place of another person

Similar words: stand-in, substitute, relief, reliever, backup, backup man, fill-in

Definition: someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult)

Usage: the star had a stand-in for dangerous scenes; we need extra employees for summer fill-ins

Synonyms for (verb) alternate

Synonyms: alternate, take turns

Definition: do something in turns

Usage: We take turns on the night shift

Similar words: move, act

Definition: perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

Usage: think before you act; We must move quickly; The governor should act on the new energy bill; The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel


Synonyms: jump, alternate

Definition: go back and forth; swing back and forth between two states or conditions

Similar words: vary, change, alter

Definition: become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence

Usage: her mood changes in accordance with the weather; The supermarket's selection of vegetables varies according to the season


Synonyms: alternate, switch, tack, interchange, flip, flip-flop

Definition: reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)

Similar words: turn, change by reversal, reverse

Definition: change to the contrary

Usage: The trend was reversed; the tides turned against him; public opinion turned when it was revealed that the president had an affair with a White House intern


Synonyms: understudy, alternate

Definition: be an understudy or alternate for a role

Similar words: con, learn, memorise, memorize

Definition: commit to memory; learn by heart

Usage: Have you memorized your lines for the play yet?


Synonyms: alternate

Definition: exchange people temporarily to fulfill certain jobs and functions

Similar words: exchange

Definition: hand over one and receive another, approximately equivalent

Usage: exchange prisoners; exchange employees between branches of the company

Synonyms for (adjective) alternate

Synonyms: alternate, alternating

Definition: occurring by turns; first one and then the other

Usage: alternating feelings of love and hate

Similar words: cyclic, cyclical

Definition: recurring in cycles


Synonyms: alternate

Definition: every second one of a series

Usage: the cleaning lady comes on alternate Wednesdays; jam every other day- the White Queen

Similar words: cyclic, cyclical

Definition: recurring in cycles


Synonyms: alternate, alternative, substitute

Definition: serving or used in place of another

Usage: an alternative plan

Similar words: secondary

Definition: being of second rank or importance or value; not direct or immediate

Usage: the stone will be hauled to a secondary crusher; a secondary source; a secondary issue; secondary streams